Our Junior Presenter Seminars

    Please note: Our Junior Presenters Seminars are separate from Junior Instructor Course Offerings.

    Tween gifted student raises her hand to share her knowledge with others as a Junior Presenter at Athena's Advanced Academy.

    Gifted kids love to share their passions and make a difference. Our Junior Presenters are gifted young people with a desire to share information they are passionate about with others.

    In our Junior Presenters Seminars, our Junior Presenters lead a 50-60 minute webinar filled with information to excite their peers. All of our Junior Presenters are current or former students of Athena’s Advanced Academy.

    In addition, Junior Presenters choose a secular charity or non-profit that aligns with their subject matter and/or is important to them.

    100% of the profits from the Junior Presenter seminars go to the Junior Presenter’s charity or non-profit of choice.

    Together Athena’s Junior Presenters raised $1548.87 in 2022, bringing the grand total raised to $3,013.91 since 2018!

    Group of gifted kids excited to share knowledge with others as Junior Presenters at Athena's Advanced Academy.

    Welcome to Athena’s Junior Presenter Seminars!

    Gifted kids love to share their passions and make a difference.
    Join these amazing Athena’s kids as they share fascinating information about all kinds of topics and make a difference in the process!
    • Be sure to sign up at least 24 hours before the seminar!
    • Any student may attend, including those not registered at Athena’s.
    • Junior Presenter seminar webinars are monitored by an adult supervisor.
    • Junior Presenter seminar fees are non-refundable. These funds, minus applicable payment processing fees charged by 3rd party vendors, will be sent to the Junior Presenter’s charity or non-profit of choice.

    Wings of Fire (WOF) Dragon Drawing – Mini-Series

    Dragon drawing for the Junior Presentation about drawing Wings of Fire dragons at Athena's Advanced Academy

    Learn to draw Wings of Fire dragons!

    In this seminar, you will learn the basics and techniques of drawing Wings of Fire (WOF) dragons.

    We will cover four different dragon species and explore the separate styles and procedures for how to draw them.

    Dates:

    • Mon. June 13 – 12:00 PM Pacific
    • Tues. June 14 – 12:00 PM Pacific
    • Wed. June 15 – 12:00 PM Pacific
    • Thurs. June 16 – 12:00 PM Pacific

    Junior Presenter: Irene the Dragon Lover
    Live Seminar Profits: Razom for Ukraine
    Choose to donate: $24, $36, or $40
    Click Here to Enroll: Junior Presenter Seminar Enrollment

    All About Fashion – Mini-Series

    Fashionable person jumps for joy for the Junior Presentation about Fashion Mini Series at Athena's Advanced Academy

    Fashion is all around us; it may be a bigger part of your life than you think.

    In this mini-series, come learn about:

    • Fast-fashion
    • The fashion industry
    • The basics of design
    • And more!  

    Dates:

    • Tues. June 21 – 2:00 PM Pacific
    • Fri. June 24 – 2:00 PM Pacific
    • Tues. June 28 – 2:00 PM Pacific
    • Fri. July 1 – 2:00 PM Pacific

    Junior Presenter: Leah the Fashion Fan
    Live Seminar Profits: Nova Ukraine
    Choose to donate: $24, $36, or $40
    Click Here to Enroll: Junior Presenter Seminar Enrollment

    Choose to donate: $6 or $10 per seminar
    Enroll: Junior Presenter Seminar Enrollment

    Junior Presenter Single Seminars – 2022

    Monday,
    June 13

    10:00 AM
    Pacific

    Student drawing of an otter and kelp for the Junior Presentation about Kelp Forest Ecosystems at Athena's Advanced Academy

    Kelp Forest Ecosystems

    Learn about California kelp forest ecosystems and their impacts.
    Each of the creatures affects the ecosystem in different interesting ways.

    Junior Presenter: Bridget the Vaquita Lover
    Charity: Sea Shepherd

    Tuesday,
    June 14

    10:00 AM
    Pacific

    Globe with kids' hands for the Junior Presentation about Cultural Diversity in Kids' Media at Athena's Advanced Academy

    Cultural Diversity in Kids’ Media

    Kids today have access to cartoons and movies that are culturally diverse and have a broader representation of people from racial and ethnic backgrounds. 
    These are not the cartoons that our grandparents grew up with!  

    Junior Presenter: Aydyn the Media Critic
    Charity: Food Bank of Contra Costa County

    Wednesday,
    June 15

    1:00 PM
    Pacific

    Comedy & Tragedy Masks for the Junior Presentation about Improv Games at Athena's Advanced Academy

    Dive into Improv Games and Skills

    Improvisation is a fantastic skill to have; it is the skill of being able to act on the spot, no matter the situation!
    Not only is improv useful, but it is also really fun!

    Junior Presenter: Olivia the Improvisator
    Charity: Southwest Humane Society

    Thursday,
    June 16

    1:00 PM
    Pacific

    Lightning and Tomatoes for the Junior Presentation about Electric Tomatoes and Shocking Stories at Athena's Advanced Academy

    Electric Tomatoes and Other Shocking Stories

    Electricity is all around us, powering the computer that you are using to read these words! 
    In this webinar, learn how electricity is essential to all living things, including tomatoes.

    Junior Presenter: Kyle the Nature Lover
    Charity: American Heart Association

    Thursday,
    June 16

    3:00 PM
    Pacific

    Exploding star for the Junior Presentation about the history of the Universe at Athena's Advanced Academy

    A History of the Universe: From 12 Billion BCE to Present

    Have you ever wondered how the universe got to be how it is? 
    I’ll answer that and more in The History of the Universe: 12 Billion BCE to Present.

    Junior Presenter: Ethan the Astronomer
    Charity: California Science Center

    Friday,
    June 17

    1:00 PM
    Pacific

    Huge ocean wave for the Junior Presentation about Oceans at Athena's Advanced Academy

    Oscillating Oceans: California’s Ocean Ecosystem

    Have you ever wondered about what goes on in California’s oceans, how animals live down there, and how our actions affect them?
    Join us to understand what happens under the sea and learn how you can make good choices to protect ocean ecosystems.

    Junior Presenter: Coco the Cup Coral
    Charity: Monterey Bay Aquarium

    Tuesday,
    June 21

    1:00 PM
    Pacific

    A bird in the backyard for the Junior Presentation about Backyard Birding at Athena's Advanced Academy

    Backyard Birding: Identifying Common Birds by Region

    Have you ever looked out the window and seen a bird, but did not know what it was?
    This presentation will help you learn what types of birds you’re seeing, which helps you reduce stress and find joy.

    Junior Presenter: Jack the Backyard Birder
    Charity: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

    Wednesday,
    June 22

    1:00 PM
    Pacific

    Joyful student riding a horse for the Junior Presentation, Horses 101 at Athena's Advanced Academy

    Horses 101

    Calling all horse-crazy kids: Ever wonder why horses pin their ears back or the difference between Show-Jumping and Dressage?
    This presentation can answer all of your questions and more!

    Junior Presenter: Elizabeth the Equine Enthusiast
    Charity: Courtney Cares

    Thursday,
    June 23

    10:00 AM
    Pacific

    DNA strand for the Junior Presentation about Molecular Biology at Athena's Advanced Academy

    Intro to Fun Molecular Biology

    Do you want to know about the blueprints of life? 
    If so, join me for a peek into the world of molecular biology!

    Junior Presenter: Alex the Chemical Wizard
    Charity: International Host Connection

    Monday,
    June 27

    10:00 AM
    Pacific

    Underwater creature for the Junior Presentation about the Deep Sea at Athena's Advanced Academy

    A Deep Dive Into the Deep Sea

    Angler fish, comb jellies, yeti crabs, sea pigs, ghoul sharks, and bryozoans – the creatures of the deep may look scary, or at least unnerving, but they are also really interesting if you know why they look the way they do! Explore the various environments of the midnight zone – such as seamounts, hydrothermal vents, open ocean, trenches, and the seafloor – as well as what lives there and how they have adapted to better suit their home. We will also learn about how humans get down to these depths and how they avoid being crushed by the water pressure.

    Junior Presenter: Arden the Aquatic
    Charity: Seaside Sustainability

    Tuesday,
    June 28

    10:00 AM
    Pacific

    Norse rune for the Junior Presentation about Norse Mythology at Athena's Advanced Academy

    Odin’s Guide to the Modern World: The Norse Mythology Practiced Now

    Do you know that the old Norse mythology is still practiced by people today? Is the modern media accurate in its depictions of the Norse religion? What are some of the traditions of modern practitioners?
    In this seminar, you will not only learn the answers to these questions, but you will also learn about Norse mythology in culture today!

    Junior Presenter: Beckett the Bringer of Ragnorok
    Charity: Scandinavian Cultural Center

    Wednesday,
    June 29

    1:00 PM
    Pacific

    An Enigma Machine for the Junior Presentation about Cryptic Codes at Athena's Advanced Academy

    Cryptic Codes and Psychic Ciphers: An Introduction to Cryptography

    Cryptography is all around us―it is the very key enabling email, ATM, web browsing, security cameras, ID protection, you name it.
    From the Caesar cipher to the Enigma machine, learn about the codes that have built the backbone of our society as it is today.

    Junior Presenter: Jason the Mathematician
    Charity: Julia Robinson Mathematical Festival

    Thursday,
    June 30

    10:00 AM
    Pacific

    A German Shepherd sits for the Junior Presentation about German Shepherds at Athena's Advanced Academy

    The World of German Shepherds

    Do you want to learn more about this popular pet?
    If so, this class is what you’ve been looking for!

    Junior Presenter: Avery the Animal Queen
    Charity: Greater California German Shepherd Rescue

    Friday,
    July 1

    9:00 AM
    Pacific

    Norse relic for the Junior Presentation about Norse Mythology at Athena's Advanced Academy

    War and Wisdom: Norse Mythology

    You may wonder how a small population of people in a harsh environment became known across the world as such fierce warriors and brave explorers.
    In this seminar, you will learn about Norse mythology and how it influenced Viking life and history.

    Junior Presenter: Wells the Norseman
    Charity: Komodo Survival Program

    Wednesday,
    July 6

    1:00 PM
    Pacific

    Red star for the Junior Presentation about World War II at Athena's Advanced Academy

    All About World War II

    Have you ever wondered how or why World War II started, what countries were involved and how it affected the world?
    Come and join Athena’s Junior Presentation, All About World War II, to find out!

    Junior Presenter: Talmage the General
    Charity: Feeding America

    Wednesday,
    July 13

    1:00 PM
    Pacific

    Fountain pen and paper for the Junior Presentation about sparking your storytelling at Athena's Advanced Academy

    Spark Your Storytelling Style

    Get ready to dive into a session chockfull of storytelling adventures!
    In this seminar, you will have fun with different writing styles and decide which one is “write” for you!

    Junior Presenter: Nova the Whimsical Bookworm
    Charity: Project Kesher – Supporting Ukrainian Women

    Wednesday,
    July 13

    2:00 PM
    Pacific

    Under the sea scene for the Junior Presentation about our outstanding oceans at Athena's Advanced Academy

    Welcome to Our Outstanding Oceans!

    This seminar is all about our outstanding oceans! This seminar covers aquatic animals, plants, and ocean geography!

    Junior Presenter: Avalon the Coral Lover
    Charity: Oceana

    Friday,
    July 15

    8:00 AM
    Pacific

    The Solar System for the Junior Presentation about our Universe at Athena's Advanced Academy

    Our Universe

    Have you ever wondered what’s outside our Earth? Are we alone in the Universe?
    Come, let’s explore our Universe together!

    Junior Presenter: Nivethaharinee the Universe Lover
    Charity: Feeding America

    Gifted kids excited to share knowledge with others as Junior Presenters at Athena's Advanced Academy.

    Although Athena’s 2021 Junior Presenter Seminar Series has ended, Junior Presenter seminar recordings from the past are available for Athena’s registered students!

    Athena’s Registered Students: Follow the steps watch one of the seminar recordings below.

    • Click the desired link below after logging in.
    • Parents pay a donation of $5.00.
    • Watch the recording within 30 days of the donation.

    Together we raised $473.93 in 2021, bringing the grand total raised to $1,465.04 since 2018!

    100% of the Profits from the Live Seminars went to the Presenter’s Charity of Choice.
    100% of the Profits from the Recordings go to GHF: Gifted Homeschooler’s Forum

    Thank you for your support!

    Junior Presentations & Links

    American Third Parties: A History of Perennial Candidates and Defying the Mainstream

    GOVLEARN - Junior Presentation at Athena's Advanced Academy

    The United States’ two-party system has often been considered flawed for being incredibly rigid on political ideology. If you are a liberal, you should vote Democratic, and if you are a conservative, you should vote Republican. But it isn’t as simple as that.

    In this seminar, we look at and discuss the history and present of American third parties, both absurd and legitimate, who participated in American elections, as well as how those parties have affected the present-day American political climate.

    Junior Presenter: Luke the Government Guru
    Live Seminar Profits: UNDP (United Nations Development Program) 
    Seminar Recording: American Third Parties: Junior Presenter Seminar Recording

    Birds are Important, Yet Threatened by Our Actions: Here’s How We Can Help – Save the Birds!

    Birds Are Important - Junior Presentation at Athena's Advanced Academy

    Birds bring so much entertainment and beauty to our lives, and they are also extremely important in the ecosystem. Yet we may not realize how we are harming them every day, and the bird population is decreasing dramatically!

    Learn more about this and how to save the birds in this seminar.

    Junior Presenter: Skye the Brilliant Birder
    Live Seminar Profits: American Bird Conservancy
    Seminar Recording: Save the Birds: Junior Presenter Seminar Recording

    Building Collaborative Writing Relationships

    Typewriter for Building Collaborative Writing Relationships - Junior Presentation at Athena's Advanced Academy

    Let’s write! Accessing creative skills whilst working with others to tell stories is a useful and fun ability with lifelong applications.

    In this seminar, we cover the basics of how to write with others to create shared worlds with strong characters in an environment that fosters collaboration. 

    Junior Presenter: Gabriella the Writer
    Live Seminar Profits: Feeding America
    Seminar Recording: Building Collaborative Writing Relationships: Junior Presenter Seminar Recording

    Chicken & Rabbit Care

    Chicken & Rabbit Care - Junior Presentation at Athena's Advanced Academy

    Every year, animals are given as gifts or bought without understanding what care they require. Many of these animals are abandoned; they either die or end up in shelters.

    You can make a difference by learning how to properly take care of bunnies and chicks, especially if you decide to adopt your own. Bunnies and chicks aren’t just cute and fluffy: learn to give them the care they deserve!

    Junior Presenter: Leah the Animal Protector
    Live Seminar Profits: Clorofil & The House Rabbit Society
    Seminar Recording: Chicken & Rabbit Care: Junior Presenter Seminar Recording

    Choosing Orangutans Over Oreos: How to Become a Responsible Consumer

    The Orangutan Gang Logo - Junior Presentation at Athena's Advanced Academy

    Learn how to help save the rainforest through simple choices!

    Pangaea Finn, founder of the Orangutan Gang, presents on rainforest destruction and ways to help.

    Junior Presenter: Pangaea the Rainforest Activist
    Live Seminar Profits: Orangutan Foundation International
    Seminar Recording: Choosing Orangutans Over Oreos: Junior Presenter Seminar Recording

    Climate Change and Ocean Pollution: Causes, Effects, & Solutions

    Climate Change Sign - Junior Presentation at Athena's Advanced Academy

    You may have heard about climate change and ocean pollution, two huge threats that our Earth is facing.

    In this seminar, you will learn about how exactly they are caused, how human actions are contributing to their impact, and how we can reverse their effects.

    Junior Presenter: Marisa the Environmental Advocate
    Live Seminar Profits: Oceana
    Seminar Recording: Ending Systemic Racism in the Land of Equal Opportunity Seminar Recording

    Ending Systemic Racism in the Land of Equal Opportunity

    End Systemic Racism Sign - Junior Presentation at Athena's Advanced Academy

    We think of America as the land of equal opportunity. Yet, how can you have equal opportunity when systemic racism has infiltrated our law enforcement, government, and justice system? For years, we have done the bare minimum to end systemic racism. Now, we must speak up and be antiracists together.

    In this seminar, learn about how we can end systemic racism and create a future in which Black lives can not only survive, but thrive.

    Junior Presenter: Marisa the Racial Justice Advocate
    Live Seminar Profits: Black Lives Matter
    Seminar Recording: Ending Systemic Racism in the Land of Equal Opportunity Seminar Recording

    Exotic Pets or Environmental Pests: Making Ethical Pet Choices

    Hedgehog for Exotic Pet or Environmental Pests - Junior Presentation at Athena's Advanced Academy

    Have you ever thought about getting an exotic pet? There are things to thoughtfully consider before becoming a pet parent.

    In this seminar, we discuss 5-6 popular exotic pets and whether they should be brought into your home or not; the problems with the exotic pet trade and how this relates to the current pandemic; and the problems with releasing unwanted exotic pets into the wild. Learn about these exotic pets!

    Junior Presenter: Coco the Concerned Protector of Pets
    Live Seminar Profits: World Animal Protection
    Seminar Recording: Exotic Pets or Environmental Pests: Junior Presenter Seminar Recording

    Explore Rube Goldberg Machines!

    Rube Goldberg Machines - Junior Presentation at Athena's Advanced Academy

    Come learn how to bust your summer boredom with… Rube Goldberg Machines!!!

    We’ll learn about the genius Mr. Rube Goldberg, simple machines, and fun ways to complete simple tasks in very complicated ways!

    Junior Presenter: Blake the STEM Enthusiast
    Live Seminar Profits: Rube Goldberg, Inc.
    Seminar Recording: Explore Rube Goldberg Machines: Junior Presenter Seminar Recording

    Fostering Kittens

    Foster Kittens - Junior Presentation at Athena's Advanced Academy

    Do you want to watch a kitten grow and develop its own personality? Have you ever bottle-fed a kitten?

    If you want to learn how to have that opportunity, then sign up for the Fostering Kittens seminar!

    Junior Presenter: Kelsey the Feline Rescuer
    Live Seminar Profits: SPCA Florida
    Seminar Recording: Fostering Kittens: Junior Presenter Seminar Recording

    The History of Everything

    History of Everything - Junior Presentation at Athena's Advanced Academy

    A journey through 13.8 billion years of history, from the origins of the universe to the emergence of life and the dawn of human civilization, through the present day and beyond.

    This one-of-a-kind seminar will cover the history of everything, presented through eight fundamental thresholds. Join us to zoom in on the tiniest molecules and ask the biggest questions about life, the universe, and the origins of everything.

    Junior Presenter: Iris the Cosmophile
    Live Seminar Profits: The Friends of the Earth
    Seminar Recording: The History of Everything: Junior Presenter Seminar Recording

    Learn all about the life of William Shakespeare!

    William Shakespeare  - Junior Presentation at Athena's Advanced Academy

    “Et tu, Brute?”

    “To be, or not to be. That is the question…”

    Have you heard these phrases? Have you ever wondered where they are from? Do you love drama, comedy, romance, and fighting?

    Come and learn about one of the most well-known writers of all time and about a few of his most famous works!

    Junior Presenter: Shifra The Literature Lover
    Live Seminar Profits: The Seeing Eye
    Seminar Recording: Learn all about the life of William Shakespeare!: Junior Presenter Seminar Recording

    Learn All About PCR!

    PCR - Junior Presentation at Athena's Advanced Academy

    PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction), the gold standard for Covid testing! It also serves us in many other applications in our life, such as keeping our water clean and helping detectives to fight crimes. Some of these technologies could be done not only in the laboratory but also at home!

    Let’s learn about all of this during our seminar!

    Junior Presenter: Sophia the Science Lover
    Live Seminar Profits: The Oakland Zoo
    Seminar Recording: Learn All About PCR!: Junior Presenter Seminar Recording

    LEARN how to EARN and CHANGE the world for the BETTER

    Kid Learning and Earning - Junior Presentation at Athena's Advanced Academy

    Have you ever thought about starting a business or making a change in this world?

    Come learn more about entrepreneurship and how to make a positive impact on this world!

    Junior Presenter: Anaiya & Shyla the Kid Entrepreneurs
    Live Seminar Profits: Pets In Need
    Seminar Recording: LEARN how to EARN and CHANGE the world for the BETTER: Junior Presenter Seminar Recording

    LGBTQ+ People: Past, Present, and Future

    LGBTQ+ People - Junior Presentation at Athena's Advanced Academy

    Are you curious about LGBTQ+ people, issues, and history? Join students from Prof. Suki’s Rainbow Room to learn more.

    Students will present about famous people from history, the struggles of LGBTQ+ people throughout history, current activists, and the future of LGBTQ+ identity. Please join us!

    Junior Presenter: Rainbow Room Presenters
    Live Seminar Profits: The Trevor Project
    Seminar Recording: LGBTQ+ People: Past, Present, and Future Seminar Recording

    Light Pollution: The Problem, the Science, and the Fix.

    Save Our Stars - Light Pollution - Junior Presentation at Athena's Advanced Academy

    For over 300,000 years, humans and wildlife have shared the same dark skies, but within the last century, the irresponsible use of Artificial Light at Night (ALAN) has polluted our skies causing an unhealthy environment for all. Today, less than 20% of Americans can even see the Milky Way, let alone enjoy the wonders of a truly dark sky.

    Learn the science and simple steps on how we can bring back the night and a healthy environment for all life on earth!

    Junior Presenter: Kodiak the Astro-Nerd
    Live Seminar Profits: International Dark-Sky Association
    Seminar Recording: Light Pollution – Save Our Stars: Junior Presenter Seminar Recording

    *Please note that the participant fee received for Junior Presenter seminars is non-refundable. These funds, minus applicable payment processing fees charged by 3rd party vendors, will be sent to GHF for the recordings and the Junior Presenter’s charity or non-profit of choice for the live seminars.

    Students:
    To become a Junior Presenter, please sign up in the corresponding section in the Social Center at Athena’s in the spring!